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[captioning made possible by democracy now!] >> from pacifica, this is democracy now! zimmerman got away with murder. but you cannot get away from god, and at the end of the day, he will have a lot of questions and answers to deal with. the law could not prove it, but, you know, the world goes in circles. >> got away with murder?
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that is a juror that ultimately voted to acquit the zimmerman, but she started deliberations believing that he was guilty of second-degree murder. she is the one woman of color on the jury. he would get a response to the exclusive interview. we also go to florida, where protesters are marching. people talk to one of them who visited marissa alexander, the african-american woman tried by the same prosecutor in the zimmerman case, who is serving 20 years for firing warning shots into the wall against her abusive husband. in egypt, mass protests against the muslim brotherhood. authorities have also detained mohamed morsi. made by the military coup is nothing short of a call on civil war.
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for thell go to cairo latest with sharif abdel kouddous. welcome to democracy now!,, the war and peace report. i'm amy goodman. egyptian state media is reporting that officials have detained mohamed morsi on new charges. this is the first update since he was forced from office july 3. he will be detained for 15 days pending investigations into his suspected collaboration with hamas during a prison break against the mubarak regime. egypt has major protest today in support of general adel fatah al-sisi. coupled supporters to the idea. has increasedions
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its count of the death toll in year oldore than two civil war. withing before a meeting opposition members at the un, secretary of state john kerry says the u.s. is committed to peace talks in geneva on ending syria's conflict. >> there is no military solution to syria, there is only a political solution, and that will require leadership in order to bring people to the table. yesterday, i had a conversation with the foreign minister from russia and we remain committed to bring the parties to to ament geneva 1 and come geneva 2. floatedhas reportedly an offer of direct talks regarding their program.
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the justice department has unveiled plans to restore some of the oversight struck down in last month's supreme court decision that gutted the voting rights act. speaking in philadelphia, attorney general eric holder said he would require a court to ask texas to pass any changes. >> this would require the state of texas to require pre approval from the department or a federal court before implementing -- voterrder changes changes. the history of pervasive boating-related discrimination against racial minorities that
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the supreme court has recognized. we believe the state of texas should be required to go through a pre-clearance process whenever it changes its voting laws and practices. >> a federal court last year ruled that the statehouse in texas discriminated against people of color in its redrawing politicalal maps for and my decided districts ahead of the 2012 election. older's appointment marks the administration's first move since the voting rights act which required certain states to seek approval before changing voting rules. the lone woman of color on the all-in the jury that acquitted george zimmerman has come forward to reveal that she believes he was guilty.
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speaking to abc news, identified by her first name, maddy, said that she wanted to declare him .uilty but changed her mind >> you have not ask for money, you have not asked for a book deal, nothing other than a forum to be able to tell your story. >> i do not need money. no money in the world could pay me to forget the pain i am going through. trayvon martin will always be in my heart. >> she wanted to talk about how the jury reached their verdict and what she sees as perhaps a higher justice. >> at the end of the day, he will have a lot of questions and answers to deal with. the law could not prove it. we just have to believe in the is asked to pay, he
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will pay. becauseby the decision of the law. if i stand by the decision because of my heart, he would have been guilty. that is an exclusive report from robert roberts. closing statements are underway in the trial of bradley manning for the disclosure of government information to wikileaks. on thursday, the prosecutor accused him of saying -- is the first ever defendant to face and aiding the enemy charge for leaking documents to a news agency, which could set a precedent. defense attorneys are set to make their closing remarks today. the senate appropriations committee has voted to sanction any country that aids nsa whistleblower edward snowden.
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the panel mass the measure by unanimous consent. it calls on the state department to work with congress to level sanctions against any extradition. he is holed up in russia where he is reportedly been granted asylum. the oil giant halliburton has agreed to plead guilty to destroying evidence following the 2010 oil spill in the gulf of mexico. under the plea deal, heliborne will pay the maximum fine and remain on probation for three years. federal prosecutors have saciled charges against capital for alleged securities fraud and wire fraud. hundreds of millions of dollars in profits were down for the firm and its owner stephen cohen for more than a decade. preet bharara, the u.s. attorney for the southern district of new york said that the scheme is
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unprecedented in size for a hedge fund. >> when so many people from a single hedge fund have engaged in insider trading, it is not a coincidence. it is instead the predictable product of substantial and pervasive institutional failure. as a sea traffic inside information on a scale without any known precedents in the history of hedge funds. as described in the indictment, the scope of illegal trading was deep and wide. its pan more than a decade in time, involve securities of more than 20 public companies, extended across multiple sectors of the economy, and benefited sac to the tune of at least hundreds of millions of dollars. >> the charges marked a rare departure from federal prosecutors in that they chose to avoid the deferred prosecution that would allow
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them to avoid indictment if they agree to change behavior. an $885agreed to pay million settlement for deceptively selling mortgage- backed securities to fannie mae and freddie mac. under the terms, they did not admit to any wrongdoing and executives would enjoy charges. ubs is among 18 banks pursued by the federal housing finance agency for dumping toxic securities that helped cause the nation's crisis. ubs previously paid a $1.5 billion fine in the manipulation of libor. federal judge has cleared a lawsuit accusing the wall street giant morgan stanley of encouraging the targeting of african-american homeowners in detroit. the plaintiffs in the case include five black residents who say morgan stanley helped subprime mortgage lender new century mortgage company issue
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loans, likely pushing borrowers into foreclosure. a judge tied their bankruptcy woes to the actions of the major banks, writing -- in north carolina senate has passed sweeping restrictions on abortion contained in a motorcycle safety bill. the measure sparked mass protests from opponents who say they threaten to shutter clinics. the north carolina governor said he would sign the bill despite a campaign promise not to approve new restrictions on abortion. a federal judge has delayed until next year the enforcement of alabama's anti-choice of law which threatens to close half of the state's abortion clinics. the news comes as abortion
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rights supporters have launched a nationwide caravan aimed at mobilizing supporters of reproductive freedom. participants plan to travel in the coming weeks to wichita, kan., jackson, mississippi, and other areas where access is under attack. going to all the states with only one clinic left. north dakota, on august 1, they have a law that would shut down the only clinic left. we're hoping for an injunction, but we will be there either way. the fact that these laws passed is totally unacceptable. there has to be a massive fight in this country of people refusing to tolerate this. women's lives and future, and ultimately, the kind of society we want to live in is at stake. >> and ohio gay couple suffering from illness is struggling with
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their status in the state. james obergefell and john beforewere married arthur's of life. his death certificate shows obergefell as his spouse, so that they can be buried in st. other on their family law. the ruling could affect other couples seeking recognition. alabama has carried out its first execution in two years. he was put to death despite claims he suffered mental illness. thousands of people rallied in tunisia after a meeting opposition figure was shot dead. and leftist member of the tunisian parliament was killed outside his home. unions have called a general strike to protest his murder.
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colombia'sreport on more than 50-year internal conflict has claimed more than a quarter million have been killed. the report tackle the conflict between the colombian armed forces and leftist guerrillas, as well as the right wing paramilitaries that have emerged. the head of the colombian investigative team unveiled the findings. of violent deaths in the country between 1958 and 2012 is at least 220,000, caused by the armed conflict. 80% of these have been unarmed civilians. has left mostat of the country morning, but very unevenly, it's not victims are in the vast majority, noncombatant civilians. it is a depraved war that had broken all humanitarian morris
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beyond social and political objectives, that gangs could brandish. >> the bloodiest period came between 1985 and 2002 when one of the elites formed paramilitary groups. was main group, the auc responsible for two dozen massacres. the guerrilla group farc was responsible for the most kidnappings. an estimated 4.7 million people have been displaced since 1996. the paramilitary has long worked closely with the success of right wing colombian government who have in turn received of billions in u.s. aid. those are some of the headlines. this is democracy now!,, the war and peace report. i'm amy goodman. egyptin today's show in
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where state media is reporting authorities have issued an order to detain mohamed morsi. this is the first update on his status, since he was forced from office july 3. the arrest more calls for him to be detained for 15 days, pending investigation into his suspected collaboration with hamas to escape from prison in the 2011 uprising. he is also accused of attacking police stations, killing and conducting police officer during the uprising and espionage. a senior brotherhood leader condemned the arrest warrant. >> the announcement that morsi has been detained for 15 days, the morning of this day, the day where millions are gathering to demand the real return of the president, the elected parliament, is proof of the confusion that prevails among those who carry out the coup. it is also proof of the collapse
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of agreement. hamas spokesperson sami abu zuhri responded -- the news comes as egypt braces for major protests today, and general adel fatah al-sisi has called for people to support a military crackdown. we go now directly to cairo where we are joined by sharif abdel kouddous. can you respond to these developments, first, morsi being detained. he has been in detention? >> he has been held incommunicado by the military since he was deposed following
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that massive uprising on june 30. there have not been any charges against him. this morning -- friday morning -- it is a weekend. the judiciary to pull it does not work on the weekend. we have the order coming down leveling the first kind of any legal measures against him, and that was detention pending investigations. these accusations are telling in that they include suspected collaboration with the palestinian group hamas, to break a prison. morsi himself and other brotherhood leaders and activists were rounded up in the first days of the uprising in 2011 and were held as political prisoners. breaking out of prison during what was a political the tension is the charge, and that is telling.
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it also accuses him of conspiring with hamas to attack police stations, soldiers. we have to remember, in the opening days of the uprising, hundreds of thousands of egyptians were in the streets. many groups, including the muslim brotherhood, or the minority, but many police stations were attacked. egyptians tony solve the police force as a lawless militia engaged in torture. the revolution began on january 25, which was national police day, and they did that for a reason, to oppose the police. these charges that accuse morsi of collaborating with hamas and attacking police is a way to whitewash the former regime's crimes, police crimes during the mubarak era, but also during the revolution. >> the response of the progressive forces in the
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streets that were tried to oust morsi, and now, and this issue of israel and palestine? ,> general adel fatah al-sisi the defacto person running the country right now, was on television in full military gear, sunglasses, a kind of looking like a south american military leader in the banana republic. he asked for a mandate to confront what he called potential violence and terrorism. a clear indication against morsi supporters who have continued a month-long sit-in in different parts of cairo and have taken to different parts of the city, other cities, at times provoking clashes. both sides have been armed.
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nearly 200 people have died in the past month. we have these two polarized sides coming to the streets in a tense and by that time. we have members who support the military, the military overthrow of morsi, and that includes the national salvation front. not reallyaradei has spoken against this. the youth groups that gathered petitions, the first to call the protest, have also backed this. there have also been morsi critics who have opposed the defense minister's call. activists are staying home and rejecting what they see as a dangerous pretext
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for the military to come in and a harshto have crackdown on the brotherhood. many see this as a pretext, supportly given that the morsi has had. we see military groups deployed around tahrir square, police trucks. some of them are handing out posters of the head of the armed forces. media, see the private which has been towing the army line, boasting their narrative, decided to cancel many of their entertainment series tonight. after people break their fast after ramadan there are usually highly produced dramas and different tv shows, and they have been canceled today to entice people to go out, also so
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that they can cover the rallies. that is the atmosphere we are in. there is a fear of more violence with people on the streets and the minister making these provocative calls. >> the obama administration delayed the delivery of four fighter jets to egypt. this marks the first direct action in response to mohamed morsi's ouster earlier in the month. to refuse toinues brand it as a coup, which would trigger an automatic suspension of foreign aid. this is spokesperson jen psaki. in theirld not be interest to change our approach to egypt. given the current situation in egypt, we do not believe it is a program to move forward with the delivery of that-16's at this time. >> i also want to play a clip
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from the senate foreign relations committee. rand paul said that u.s. necessitates the need for aid. that when a coup occurs, aid ends. we can debate whether it is a good idea, whether it is good or not to have aid, but the law is the law. if we decide we are above the law, it is hard for us to preach to the rest of the world about the rule of law. this would undermine our standing in the world and seriously goes against anyone who claimed they are for the rule of law. i would go one step further. even if you say this is not a coup because there is not a general currently running at, that is semantics. that is not going to the point of this. the law says, if the military had a substantial involvement in decreasing -- replacing a
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democratically elected president, whether there is a general in charge or not, putting a president who has been a elected under house arrest. we do not know where some of these people are. this is the definition of the kinds of things we are supposedly opposed to. aiding the muslim brotherhood either, but if we're not going to obey the law. a is are going to say that a good idea, realize, if this should continue, you are telling us to flout the law. if you could respond to what and holding up of the fighter jets. administration has determined it is not even legally required to determine if there was a coup that took place.
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they are skipping pass the issue has randas you heard, paul said, if they determine this to be a coup, by law, it forces them to stop providing the $1.3 billion in annual aid it has given. the obama administration's first move, displeasure at what is happening, has halted the delivery of these fighter jets. in the broader scheme of things, it seems like a calibrated move that keeps a aid going but shows discomfort. we have to make an important note. get thisary does not page, but it has to be spent purchasing u.s. weapons. so all this money gets funneled to u.s. defense contractors. they are the real beneficiary of these funds. they have large lobbying firms
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in washington and a lobby strongly for the aid to keep going. nine has more tanks than america and sub-saharan africa combined. we just keep on buying this equipment and it sits in warehouses. the washington post had an interesting article today showing since the 1980's, the u.s. has granted egypt an extraordinary ability to make these orders with defense contractors for more than the funds congress has appropriated. so it is like this credit card that egypt has with a limit of billions of dollars. it is called cash flow financing. they can submit these orders for equipment that will take years to deliver, under the assumption that lawmakers will keep on funneling aid. so when you have someone like patrick leahy of vermont tried to reassess aid to egypt, they
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learned how difficult it was to shut off this pipeline. intricaciesot of with these contractors and the way that aid is structured that keeps aid flowing to egypt, regardless of what is happening on the ground. >> thank you very much, sharif abdel kouddous. when we come back, we will be talking about the george zimmerman acquittal. a second juror has come forward, the only woman of color on the six-woman jury. she first wanted to vote in favor of murder, but then later acquitted. ♪ [music break]
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>> la salam by hamza el din. this is democracy now!,, the war and peace report. i'm amy goodman. in they woman of color jordan zimmerman jury has spoken out for the first time, expressing sorrow and anguish for the death of trayvon martin. the juror said that zimmermann got away with murder for killing trayvon martin. in an interview with abc's robin roberts, the juror says that she suffers from the outcome of the trial and shares in the grief with the mother of trayvon martin. shentified herself as maddy, says the law was in conflict with her heart, allowing him to walk free, despite believing that he was culpable. >> first vote was second-degree murder. a lot of us wanted to find
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something bad, something that we could connect to the law. for myself, he is guilty. the evidence shows he is guilty guilty >> of? >> killing trayvon martin. but a lot as it was read to me, if there is no proof that he killed him intentionally, you cannot say he is guilty. >> did you want to step out? >> i was the juror who was going to give them a hung jury. i fought to the end. it is hard for me to sleep, eat. i feel that i was forcefully included in trayvon martin's death. back.y him on my i am hurting as much as his mother is. anyuse there is no way that mother should feel that pain. >> you feel, in your heart of hearts, that you and the jury
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approached it, and came with the decision, and you stand by that decision to this day? >> i stand by the decision because of the law. if i stand by the decision because of my heart, he would have been guilty. >> i know you have heard some people bins -- heard some people say, point blank, and george zimmerman got away with murder. how do you respond to that? -- georgezimmerman zimmerman got away with murder. but you cannot get away from god. at the end of the day, he will have a lot of questions and answers to deal with. , butaw could not proved it you know, the world goes in circles. maddy, also known
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as juror be 39. she is a nursing assistant and mother of eight. meanwhile, the father of trayvon martin visited capitol hill to urge lawmakers to work to prevent future tragedies like the one that his family experienced. speaking at the newly formed congressional caucus of black men and boys, he vowed to continue to fight. >> i've out to do everything in my power not to give up the fight for him. not only to fight for trayvon, but to fight for so many other young black and brown boys of this country. i think the point that president obama made, that 35 years ago, this could have been him, was so important to the american people, because, obviously, the
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most influential man on the planet is weighing-in from african-american perspective. just to have the president of the united states comment on our situation, it really touched home. comments suchand as the president made -- it sparks the conversation in every household over the dinner table. that conversation is, what can we do as parents, what can we do as men, what can we do as fathers, what can we do as mentors to stop this sort of thing from happening to your child? that is where the conversation begins. a lot of our energy that we have channel -- we have taken the negative energy that has been throughout this process -- we
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have taken that and trying to turn it into a positive. a lot of people will say that nothing positive can come out of death, but i disagree wholeheartedly. it is what we can do tomorrow and as a nation, as a people, to stop someone else's child from being killed. >> for more, we are joined by hasa iyer, an attorney who covered this case closely. we have had amazing insight into the jury over the last week, from the first juror, to this latest one. the juror said george zimmerman got away with murder. terms,she use the key under the law. she said guilty, evidence, but what she did not say in the interview that you showed, she never discussed self-defense.
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she never said, we acquitted george zimmerman because of self-defense, because, under the law, he was justified. i take great issue with the fact that she started off with murder in the second degree and went to an acquittal. >> let's go to a series of clips had to say. maddy she said in terror -- in her interview that she feels she let many people down. say to would you like to trayvon's parents? i would like to apologize because i feel like i let them down. i did not realize how much importance i had to the case, because i never look at color, and i still do not. >> they asked her about the jury
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considering a manslaughter charges and one point in their deliberations. >> when you send that note to the judge asking for an explanation on manslaughter, what was that about? >> we were trying to figure out, manslaughter, in order to be charged, we had to prove that when he left home, he said, i am going to kill trayvon martin. >> now we go to another comment of maddy. >> i was the juror that was going to give him a hung jury. i fought to the end. >> do you have regrets that did not? >> i was the only minority and i felt like i left a lot of people down. >> quite remarkable what she said. a non-black jury. three of them more for some kind for secondon, maddy,
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degree murder when they were first polled. three were for acquittal. what is this understanding that she has of the law? and also, what does manslaughter mean? >> manslaughter is generally considered a lawful killing and there has to be an intentional act. as you recall, murder in the second degree have that element of ill will, depraved mind, evil intent. get rid of that. we're just talking about an unlawful killing with an intentional act. in this case, she makes a point about mentioning the word it in a tent. in this case, no one is disputing that it was an intentional act. george zimmerman pull the trigger. no one said that he was under any outside influence, so that is not in contention, but she is resting part of her explanation on that element.
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think, though, both sides, the prosecution and defense, did not talk enough about manslaughter in their summation. this has been a pro let you in the media. >> the prosecutor did not want to go for manslaughter. they saw the trial going on and saw they were in a bind. then they introduced it? >> partially correct. therally, prosecutors -- highest charge they can possibly make a tangential connection to. zimmerman's actions made the connection to the depraved mind element, so they charged murder in the second degree. the other reason u-turn tire is for a plea bargaining. if zimmerman was amenable to a plea, he could have led to manslaughter at that point. trial, you always
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expect that a lesser included offense is an option, so you have to argue that. that was a huge efficiency in the prosecution's summation, and frankly the defense, but i can understand why the defense did not do that. they went for the all or nothing. but the prosecution, you have to. this is one thing that i just do not understand. you cannot ignore evidence, you cannot talk to a jury and pretend that this did not happen, shut your eyes to certain evidence. you have to address everything. >> i want to ask you about a few issues. the jury, six women, non-black jury. this is extremely relevant here. how does that happen? can you explain for the general audience, how do jurors get chosen? >> generally speaking, in most states, for felonies, is a 12-
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person jury. for misdemeanors, a six-person jury. in florida, only capital cases are 12-person juries. this is an issue that is now painfully being brought up by the legislature to change the rule. a six-person jury is not as representative. you do not have as many voices for both sides. i guess the trick in selecting a jury is that you pick a person theerson, so if i have you, camera person, the producer, i am having one by one. you are not picked in the group. after i have six people i look and i say, oh well, i have six white people, six women. >> but you can see that at 3, 4, you do not have a single african-american. sides, you and the other has challenges. you could set yourself up to
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have women and men, black and white. sanfordhuge issue with county -- i think it is approximately 70% white. so when they say a jury of your peers, you are starting off with a jury pool that is representative of the county. ,ll the people that walked in you remember the jury selection, mostly white people. but the jury that is chosen also contends on the questioning. there were a lot of questions about how many people knew about this case and many people did know about the case and that is how they ended up with the jury. i have no idea how the prosecutors allowed that woman, maddy, on the jury. isrything she says itsolutely preposterous, --
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is hurtful, as a lawyer, or someone to say i fought until the end. well, no she did not. if she did, we would have had a hung jury. that is also the prosecution's issue. they did not question the jurors and not and let them know it was a possibility, you do not have to come to a verdict. >> she wanted to be on the jury. but go to another juror. anderson cooper did the first interview with another of the six jurors. she was seated in darkness, identified only as juror b37. she talked about rachel jeantel, who was on the phone with martin just before he was shot dead. he asked her what she thought about the testimony. >> i did not think it was very credible but i felt sorry for her. she did not ask to be in this place, she wanted to leave.
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she didn't want to be a part of the jury. i think she felt an adequate towards everyone because of her education and her communication skills. i just felt sadness for her. >> like she was in over her head? >> she just did not want to be there. she was embarrassed because of her education and communication skills. witness.was not a good >> the the find it hard at time to understand what she was saying? >> a lot of times. a lot of times she was using phrases that i have never heard before. creepy asserm used, you sayhe that is simply how they talked to each other. ddc that as a negative, racial
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statement, as the defense suggested? really not think it is racial. it is everyday life. the type of life they live and how they are living, in the environment they are living in. >> so you did not find her credible as a witness? >> no. >> that was anderson cooper interviewing the first juror who spoke out. she said she went in to the deliberations saying that he should be acquitted, and she obviously stuck with that. >> what she did was clearly amplify the disconnect between the cultures in sanford county. how dare she say that rachel jeantel is embarrassed or felt inadequate? she is just a person on a jury, and these are how people think. >> i think that race was brought
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up before. when rachel jeantel walked into the room, it really hit home for people that perhaps there was this disparity between the martin.nd trayvon however, why would we think so little of people in our community, because you are white, you cannot connect with someone from another race or culture? that was my starting point. until i saw the interview and her what she had to say. be found rachel jeantel to in-credible just because of who she was, which was authentic. she was honest. she owned up to her inconsistencies, which were fracking not material to the case. >> the juror who could have hung, who came in originally thinking he should have been
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guilty of second-degree murder, explain how a jury works. did she understand that she could hang the jury? >> that is the question, i think that she did not. i would like to believe that during instructions she was listening, that the jury had to come to a unanimous verdict and that there were these other options. but frankly, from her interview, it sounds like she did not know. she is saying that she fought hard and that was our conclusion. not guilty verdict. think the you prosecution did wrong? >> i wrote an article about this. the prosecution, where they went wrong was here. they should not have introduced a statement by george zimmerman. there was a video re-enactment, the interrogation tape in the police station, and there was the hannity interview.
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country,f this prosecutors do not enter on their case in chief statements where a defendant says i'm not guilty. those are exculpatory statement. and time you have that, the prosecution will not put them in. >> also, they are not hearing george zimmerman, but they did to meet him in this video. >> yes, but legally, let me explain. the defense cannot put in statements by our clients when they say they are not guilty. the prosecution should not have put those statements in. the defense could not put those statements in. the prosecution would have been forced george zimmerman's hand to testify if he wanted to self- defense instruction. you do not get self-defense construction on us there is foundation in the evidence of the trial. so either zimmerman would not have testified and would not have defense, or would have
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testified and ultimately would have made at least one or two or 10 inconsistent statements with his three prior interviews because you cannot have four stories in one. then the prosecution would have had the opportunity to play those statements and confront him with it and in teach him on those inconsistencies. i have been doing this for almost 20 years. i have never seen a prosecutor put a statement by the defendant into evidence where a defendant says i am not guilty. there is a subliminal subtext going on where the prosecution supports their evidence. >> this is very significant. the first in juror interviewed by anderson cooper, said that the most convincing piece of evidence was seen the videotape of george zimmerman do the walk-through, explaining why he did what he did. this was introduced by the
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defense but the prosecution. >> again, the defense could not introduce that. this is a universal rule in our country. rule, the defense cannot introduce exculpatory evidence. >> when anderson cooper said to her, what about these inconsistencies? everyone is fallible, everyone said different things, they did not know trayvon martin. >> his inconsistencies were some minor compared to the big picture. he stayed on message. every statement he stayed on message in the video. in all the statements that he interview, theity reenactment, the message was, trayvon martin was the aggressor. why is that important? that goes to self-defense. the message was always that he was doing his job in his capacity as a night watchman.
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he stayed on message. as a prosecutor, you are corroborating your evidence, and that is what the message you're sending to the jury. >> we have to break. i want you to stay with us. we are going to look at the case of marissa alexander in florida. we will speak with a protester who is walking with a group of people from jacksonville to stanford. she has met with marissa alexander a number of times and ran to her in jail. she is a woman that was sentenced to 20 years to prison -- she was prosecuted, rather, the same prosecutors as zimmerman. she did not get to stand her ground. she fired into a wall to warn her abusive husband to get away, who had abused her and other women in his life. she did not hurt him but was sentenced to 20 years in prison, which she is serving now. ♪ [music break]
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>> this is democracy now!,, the war and peace report. i'm amy goodman. we turn to the growing protests around another florida shooting case which had another outcome from the zimmerman case. paris alexander, african- american mother of three, was sent to 20 years in prison for firing a warning shot at her husband. she had turned down a plea bargain that would have seen her jailed for three years and insisted she was defending herself when she fired a warning shot into the wall. she attempted to use the florida state your ground law in her defense, but she was convicted after only 12 minutes of deliberations. she was sent to 20 years behind bars. the case against her was argued by the same prosecutor in charge
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of the case against george zimmerman. to protester imprisonment as well as the acquittal of george zimmerman, a coalition of organizations have been marching in jacksonville, fla., to stanford, where trayvon martin was killed. we are now joined by one of the march coordinators, founder of the new jim crow movement in florida. she had been organizing on behalf of marissa alexander. she is with us from dickerson community center where the march is now. great to have you with us. explain why the case means so much to you, the case of marissa alexander. >> the case means so much to me because truly, zimmermann got away with murder. weare trying to say, when walk for dignity, the shift now is from a legal crisis to a human crisis.
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of decades ofe the present crisis. it is now out of hand. we are trying to make a statement, that we are taking together asalking organizations, as youth, to do something together to change those things. the two demands we have is the resignation of angela quarry. career isfiting, her to lock people up. want the release of marissa alexander. are astounding. about theplained
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agitation like yours to free marissa alexander. she said, i think social media will be the destruction of this country. the daily beast said that it was not out as an deposit abusive husband who said in his deposition, i have 5 baby mamas and i hit every one of them except for one. what really fries for bacon is the question that anyone questions for overzealous prosecution of a battered woman acting in self-defense. can you respond to this, seema iyer? i could respond all day long to angela. i am sure that you all remember her statement after the zimmerman verdict. it was tantamount to accepting an oscar award, thanking her cast and crew. >> i was thinking, is in this, that brought the second-degree murder charge against zimmerman? she sounded like she was a part of the defense team. >> and she had just lost the
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case. she was just enamored with her team and that is all she focused on, as opposed to the victim and the victim's family. ant aleta says is interesting concept, the concept of the prosecutor being a politician, or what the law says the prosecutor's duty is, and that is to be the administrator of justice. there are many prosecutors across the country that do ride that line, and some cases need to be prosecuted, some people do need to be locked up, and some need to be dismissed. frome gets 20 years prison. she was estranged from her husband and had a restraining order against him even though they had a baby nine days before. aleta, what more do you want to say as you are marching? is there any sense at this case will be thrown out, that she will be freed?
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>> we are closing the gap. we want to close the gap those that cause victims to be lost in the system. to do that, we have to look at the criminalization of women. that ritchie wrote a book called "arrested justice." we need to get the anti- violence and anti-sexual violence to get to know what stand your ground mean when you say i am human. we know that this will have to have justice and we will be able to see marissa. this is out of control because of the decades of the prison crisis and because of this thing called slavery by another name. it is intentional disregard of the law. >> thank you for being with us. the founder of the new jim crow movement in jacksonville, florida. she has met with marissa alexander in jail.
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the group will be in sanford barack. seema iyer, thank you for being here. democracy now! is looking for feedback from people who appreciate the clo
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